Last weekend, I realized I had a sinus infection. It caught me off guard because I had only had a bit of sinus congestion in the mornings – no cold or anything. Saturday, it started off with this heavy pressure behind my eyes and ended with painful cheek bones, slight dizziness, and fatigue.
Because of my tendency toward Leaky Gut Syndrome, I avoid antibiotics as much as possible. So I immediately turned to my arsenal of natural remedies. Here is my list of simple things I incorporate into my day to bring relief and speed recovery by supporting my immune system anytime I have sinus congestion or infection:
I also like powder so I can have the option of putting it in capsules or mixing it with a drink. Usually, I take about 1/2 teaspoon (which is about 4.5 grams sodium ascorbate) in grape juice twice daily. I know that some people can take more, and they dose according to whatever amount causes loose stools then back down from that. A friend was prescribed sodium ascorbate when she had whooping cough while pregnant, and she had great success with taking 16 grams daily!
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
In my vitamin C drink, I add 1 tablespoon raw apple cider vinegar twice daily. ACV is anti-bacterial, helps balance pH levels, and breaks up mucus. It can also cause pretty significant yeast die-off symptoms in some, so I am sure to push lots of water and also take molybdenum and s. Boulardii to help ease the die-off symptoms.
Vitamin D3 and Vitamin K2
I also take 10,000-20,000 IU Vitamin D3 plus 1 gram K2 per day. I split this between 5 drops Thorne Vitamin D3 with K2 (because if you take D3, you need K2, too) and 15,000 IU Healthy Origins Vitamin D3. By the way, if I hadn’t been slacking on taking my D, maybe I wouldn’t have gotten sick in the first place last weekend! Optimal D levels are crucial to immunity and gut health.
I start diffusing essential oils. Well, even more than usual. 😉 Head Ease (a blend of Basil, Chamomile, Frankincense, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sweet Marjoram and Wintergreen) helps ease sinus pressure and soothe irritated nasal passages and respiratory tract. Four Thieves and Lemon to help support my immune system and detox my lymphatic system. If I have congestion, I use peppermint and massage (see below).
I begin using a sinus rinse mixture in my Neti Pot at least a few times a day. This helps pull out mucus and prevent infection. If my sinuses are dry, which was the case this weekend, it moisturizes. The mixture I use contains Xylitol, which has been shown to help relieve sinusitis faster than saline alone.
Sinus Rinse Mixture Recipe
- 2 cups spring water
- 6 drops Grapefruit Seed Extract
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 t unrefined gray sea salt
- 1 t Xylitol
- 4 drops colloidal silver
- Add ingredients to water in a sterile container.
- Shake well.
- Mix in Neti pot with 3 tablespoons hot water; adjust temperature as needed. Be careful not to burn your sinuses!
- Use as needed.
If I have pain in my sinuses or if I need help loosening up congestion, a warm rice pack (a cotton tube filled with rice – a cotton sock also works great) applied to those areas gives me relief.
I also use White Willow Bark for pain relief since I avoid NSAIDs as much as possible due to leaky gut syndrome.
If I have a cough, lemon and raw honey usually do the trick (helps with a sore throat, too). Slippery Elm tablets help, too.
Let Food be Thy Medicine
Along with apple cider vinegar, I am sure to eat more garlic and beef stock. Read here about the benefits of stock. I try to keep a container in the freezer for just such occasions. If you’re not keen on garlic breath, garlic comes in handy gel capsules, too.
Be sure to keep flushing the toxins out with plenty of water and broth.
My husband and I swear by a good Hot Toddy (tea, whiskey, clove, lemon, raw honey). The medicinal qualities behind each of the ingredients gives cold viruses a big punch – and it’s relaxing, too. If you’re a teetotaler, just skip the whiskey.
Rest is one of the primary things we can do for illness. I try to clear my schedule, take it easy physically and mentally, and get extra sleep.
My husband always gets Kimchi Stew to help clear his congestion, but it’s too spicy for me.
What helps you get through a cold?
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